View Full Version : Bustamante officially confirmed for Pride GP, comments on Rampage


Seraph_17
08-07-2003, 05:03 PM
From sherdog-

.M. Costa from Tatame sends word that Murilo Bustamante has been confirmed as officially replacing Ricardo Arona this Sunday at the PRIDE Grand Prix Total Elimination 2003. The decision came after a whole day of negotiation between DSE and BTTís members in Japan.

The deal is that Bustamante will fight Quinton Jackson August 10th and if he wins, heíll be back in November to join the other fighters in the "Final Conflict." The official announcement will be made Friday at the press conference.

Right after he signed, Murilo declared to Tatame: "Letís go, I will do my best. I donít know if I'm going to be able to beat Rampage, but if I win, nobody will handle me." said the former UFC champion about Quinton Jackson.


HELL YEAH BABY!

The Ensanity
08-07-2003, 05:10 PM
That wasnt a super confident statment by him...Jackson is goin to win...

FEDORFAN44
08-07-2003, 05:45 PM
Jackson will KO him early.

slug
08-07-2003, 06:02 PM
i dunno, busta certainly is a different fighter from arona. he isn't afraid to throw down. i am thinking that bustamante has never fought someone that likes to slam ****ers, but rampage hasn't fought a dangerous submission fighter like murilo since sakuraba. personally, i don't think bustamante can handle rampages strength, but hey there is a weight difference between the two. i just think bustamante could pull it off.

Zen
08-07-2003, 06:13 PM
I wonder what happens when Busta and Arona roll? Arona has to be almost as strong if not stronger than Jackson. I know Arona doesn't like to ghetto slam like Jackson, but Busta will be ready. And he will win.

Seraph_17
08-07-2003, 07:18 PM
Just remember guys that Saku managed to tap out Rampage.....I rate Busta as a better submission fighter then Saku, even at Sakus best.

realkaps
08-07-2003, 07:26 PM
After about 20 attempts and getting dropped on his head over and over, yes Saku finally tapped Rampage......

mmafanman
08-07-2003, 07:28 PM
Originally posted by Seraph_17
Just remember guys that Saku managed to tap out Rampage.....I rate Busta as a better submission fighter then Saku, even at Sakus best.

Rampage was pretty raw back then, but now he's gotten a hell of a lot better.

Seraph_17
08-07-2003, 07:34 PM
Yer that is true, plus the saku fight was short notice...........still aside from saku we have yet to see Rampage against a top class sub guy, this will be a major factor for sure.

computer fogie
08-07-2003, 11:54 PM
I think Busta is the best MMA submission expert at MW, LHW, or HW. If he can get Rampage in his guard, he might catch him. On the other hand, Rampage will probably punish him standing before that happens. I'm still picking Rampage, but I wouldn't put money on it.

Seraph_17
08-08-2003, 08:16 AM
If Rampage is smart he should be able to just keep the fight standing and win from there, but he has been known tro slam alowwing fighters to dangerously play their guard game on him, like Saku and Mikhail did.

Seraph_17
08-08-2003, 08:47 AM
From ADCC news-

busta article (http://news.adcombat.com/article.shtml?id=4603)

mmafanman
08-08-2003, 02:54 PM
I was watching that Mikhail fight again the other day. The Russian was pretty active underneath and even pulled off a submission attempt before Rampage was able to spin out of it. We haven't seen much of Rampage's ground defense, but my take is that he relies on his freakish strength to get out of tough spots (e.g. Saku fight). If somehow Busta can take it to R3, and if Rampage is gassed, he has a shot at a submission.

Seraph_17
08-08-2003, 03:49 PM
Good point mmafanman, but then if Rampage is consistently slamming Busta to escape from subs it may well injure and finish Busta in the process.

GeNeRaL
08-08-2003, 04:21 PM
Originally posted by mmafanman
I was watching that Mikhail fight again the other day. The Russian was pretty active underneath and even pulled off a submission attempt before Rampage was able to spin out of it. We haven't seen much of Rampage's ground defense, but my take is that he relies on his freakish strength to get out of tough spots (e.g. Saku fight). If somehow Busta can take it to R3, and if Rampage is gassed, he has a shot at a submission.

Smartest thing i've read all day.

The Ensanity
08-08-2003, 04:28 PM
Thats true! Sub defense will be tested

VulgarTheClown
08-08-2003, 05:20 PM
1 word for you guys - BOOM!

Magic Man
08-08-2003, 09:59 PM
I think busta will and I hope he will win so that he'll be an active participant of Pride shows in the future, he's getting older and he doesn't have many days left, hopefully this will be his big break.